The Jan. 6 committee is requesting testimony from former Home Speaker Newt Gingrich, an ally of former President Donald Trump, over his involvement in Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, together with on the day of the riot.
In a letter sent Thursday, the committee particularly stated it desires to ask Gingrich about emails it stated it obtained between him and former Trump senior advisers, together with Jared Kushner and Jason Miller, the place the previous GOP speaker gave enter about tv adverts that “repeated and relied upon false claims about fraud within the 2020 election.”
“These promoting efforts weren’t designed to encourage voting for a selected candidate. As an alternative, these efforts tried to forged doubt on the result of the election after voting had already taken place,” Jan. 6 Coommittee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., wrote to Gingrich.
“They inspired members of the general public to contact their state officers and stress them to problem and overturn the outcomes of the election. To that finish, these commercials have been deliberately aired within the days main as much as December 14, 2020, the day electors from every state met to forged their votes for president and vp.
Thompson stated that on Jan. 6, 2021, Gingrich “continued to push efforts to overturn the election outcomes.”
The chairman stated Gingrich emailed Trump’s then-chief of workers, Mark Meadows, at 10:42 p.m. ET that day — after the Capitol had been cleared of rioters and lawmakers had returned to the constructing to certify the election outcomes — and requested: “‘[a]re there letters from state legislators about decertifying electors[?]”
“Accordingly, you seem to have been concerned with President Trump’s efforts to cease the certification of the election outcomes, even after the assault on the Capitol,” Thompson stated.
“We wish to interview you about these and different communications and converse with you about your efforts to advise President Trump and his marketing campaign.”
The panel stated it might like Gingrich to seem for a “voluntary” interview the week of Sept. 19.